Parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
Dear parents of Peachtree Park Pediatrics,
We continually strive to provide you with the most up to date information on the COVID-19 pandemic. Read on for the latest vaccine updates, why newer variants spread more easily, myocarditis after vaccination, and more.
- The FDA “has scheduled key advisory panel meetings in the coming weeks to discuss booster doses of both Moderna and Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccines, mixing and matching vaccine doses, and vaccines for children ages 5 to 11.” See – The Hill: FDA announces key panel meetings on Moderna, J&J boosters, vaccines for kids
- The American Heart Association, American Lung Association and American Diabetes Association “are urging eligible individuals to receive their annual flu shot and the COVID-19 vaccine in order to reduce hospital burden and protect the vulnerable ahead of flu season.” See – Healio: Heart, lung, diabetes associations urge flu, COVID-19 vaccines ahead of flu season
- Anthony Fauci recently said “that safety and efficacy data on pairing a primary regimen of COVID vaccines from one manufacturer with boosters from another could be available within the next two weeks.”
“The National Institutes of Health is on the verge of concluding trials that mixed boosters and initial doses from Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson.”
- “Side effects reported among recipients of a COVID-19 booster vaccine are similar to those seen after the second dose, the CDC reported.”
See Also – UPI: CDC finds reactions to booster dose of COVID-19 vaccine similar to second
“No unexpected patterns of adverse reactions were identified,” the CDC researchers wrote.
- A recent study showed that the Pfizer vaccine has “effectiveness in preventing hospitalization and death remained high at 90% for at least six months, even against the highly contagious Delta variant of the coronavirus.”
Why Newer Variants Spread More Easily
“Newer variants of the coronavirus like Alpha and Delta are highly contagious, infecting far more people than the original virus. Two new studies offer a possible explanation: The virus is evolving to spread more efficiently through air.” See – NY Times: Is the Coronavirus Getting Better at Airborne Transmission?
“Most researchers now agree that the coronavirus is mostly transmitted through large droplets that quickly sink to the floor and through much smaller ones, called aerosols, that can float over longer distances indoors and settle directly into the lungs, where the virus is most harmful.”
These “findings signal the need for better masks in some situations, and indicate that the virus is changing in ways that make it more formidable…at least in some crowded spaces, people may want to consider switching to more protective masks.”
Summer Camp Outbreaks Among Unvaccinated
“American sleep-away camps with high vaccination coverage among eligible children and staff members and routine testing programs largely stamped out the spread of the coronavirus this summer, the CDC reported recently.
But summer camps in less-vaccinated Southern states that failed to mandate shots for staff members or require indoor masking remained vulnerable to outbreaks.” See – NY Times: Summer camp outbreaks were concentrated around the unvaccinated, C.D.C. finds.
“Implementation of high vaccination coverage coupled with multiple prevention strategies is critical to averting Covid-19 outbreaks in congregate settings, including overnight camps,” according to CDC researchers.
Myocarditis After Vaccination is Typically Mild
“A study in a relatively diverse population reaffirmed acute myocarditis as a rare and fairly mild event affecting young men after COVID-19 mRNA vaccination.” See – MedPage Today: Post-Vax Myocarditis Fairly Benign Even in a Diverse Population
The study looked at 2.3 million adult vaccine recipients in the Kaiser Permanente system in Southern California. “All cases of acute myocarditis, independently adjudicated by at least two cardiologists, resolved with conservative management. No one was admitted to the ICU or required readmission after discharge.”
We encourage everyone to continue to use good hand hygiene and practice social distancing as much as possible. Please contact our office with any further questions or concerns.
Peachtree Park Pediatrics
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Peachtree Park Pediatrics strives to deliver up-to-date primary care to our infant, child, and young adult patients in a welcoming and family-friendly environment. The practice has deep roots in the Atlanta community, and it is our continued honor to be entrusted with the health care of our next generation.